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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Sensō-ji

Tokyo’s most visited temple enshrines a golden image of Kannon (the Buddhist goddess of mercy), which, according to legend, was miraculously pulled out of the nearby Sumida-gawa by two fishermen in AD 628. The image…
Top Choice Spectator Sport in Asakusa & Sumida River

Ryōgoku Kokugikan

If you’re in town when a tournament is on – for 15 days each January, May and September – catch the big boys in action at Japan’s largest sumo stadium. Doors open at 8am, but the action doesn’t heat up until the sen…
Top Choice Museum in Asakusa & Sumida River

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Tokyo's history museum documents the city's transformation from tidal flatlands to feudal capital to modern metropolis via detailed scale recreations of townscapes, villas and tenement homes, plus artefacts such as …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Asakusa & Sumida River

Fukagawa Fudō-dō

Belonging to the esoteric Shingon sect, at this active temple you can attend one of the city's most spectacular religious rituals. Goma (fire rituals) take place daily in an auditorium in the Hondō (Main Hall) at 9a…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kappō Yoshiba

The former Miyagino sumo stable is the location for this one-of-a-kind restaurant that has preserved the dōyō (practise ring) as its centrepiece. Playing up to its sumo roots, you can order the protein-packed stew c…
Top Choice Homewares in Asakusa & Sumida River

Kama-asa

A Japanese knife is not only a highly practical and prized piece of kitchenware, it can also be extremely beautiful in its design. Admire an excellent range at this upmarket store that has been in business since 190…
Top Choice Food & Drinks in Asakusa & Sumida River

Marugoto Nippon

Think of this as a mini mall, showcasing the best of Japan's speciality food and drink (ground floor) and arts and crafts (2nd floor). The 3rd floor showcases the products and attractions of different regions from a…
Top Choice Fashion & Accessories in Asakusa & Sumida River

Babaghuri

This chic local fashion and household goods brand was created by German-born designer Jurgen Lehl, who passed away in 2014. Made from renewable, natural or recycled materials, the rustically beautiful clothes, potte…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Asakusa Imahan

For a meal to remember, swing by this famous beef restaurant, in business since 1895. Choose between courses of sukiyaki (sauteed beef dipped in raw egg) and shabu-shabu (beef blanched in broth); prices rise accordi…
Top Choice Japanese in Asakusa & Sumida River

Misojyu

The Japanese meal staples of rice, in the form of onigiri rice balls, and miso soup, are given a stylish update at Misojyu. All ingredients are organic and recipes range from traditional to contemporary, such as mis…